Seaworld Research Paper

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She was forty when SeaWorld killed her. Dawn Brancheau took blunt force trauma to the head, neck, and torso before drowning. The SeaWorld trainer died doing what she loved, which was interacting with orcas. The killer whale, Tilikum, attacked her.
Opening in 1964, theme park and entertainment company Seaworld has three locations: Orlando, Florida; San Diego, California; San Antonio, Texas. SeaWorld’s most popular attractions include their orca shows, including “One Ocean” and “Blue Horizons.” Once an orca belongs to SeaWorld, it stays there for the rest of its life.
SeaWorld should be shut down for its mistreatment of orcas.
Killer whales, who swim up to 100 miles a day in the ocean, are confined to pools which are, at most, 40 feet deep.
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Then, SeaWorld transports baby orcas to other parks, often too soon for it to be away from its mother. Born September 25th, 1985 at SeaWorld Orlando, Kalina was the original baby Shamu. According to British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Kalina was moved in 1990 to SeaWorld Ohio for 10 months, SeaWorld San Diego for 8 months, then SeaWorld San Antonio. Kalina’s mom, Katina, was never a very vocal whale according to former SeaWorld trainer, Samantha Berg. After Kalina was taken away, Katina stayed in the corner of a pool, shaking, screeching, and crying. “There was nothing that you could call that, watching it, besides grief,” said Berg. In 1994, Kalina returned to SeaWorld Orlando. Due to such a long absence, her mother ignored her for the rest of her life.
Captivity is detrimental to orcas’ health. According to PETA, less than 1% of orcas in the wild have collapsed dorsal fins. A collapsed dorsal fin is a sign of depression, illness, injury, or dehydration. In SeaWorld, 100% of captive male Orcas have a collapsed dorsal fin. Orcas are captured from the oceans and thrown together in a pool. Though all have that signature black and white pattern, they are not all the same. Neuroscientist Lori Marino discovered that orcas are highly emotional due to an extra part of their brain that even humans do not have. An orca’s sense of self is distributed among the individuals in their
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